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Airbnb may actually be undervalued ahead of IPO: Study

A new analysis by consumer analytics company ValueChampion found that the coronavirus pandemic has actually helped Airbnb achieve greater dominance over the travel booking industry.
Tags: Google, Amazon, Technology, Wall Street, Ipo, Radio, Airbnb, Borders, Rentals, Expedia, Booking.com, Markets & Economy, Select, Pandemic, Property Portfolio, Coronavirus


A roundup of recent unicorn news

So much for a December news slowdown. The last few days have been so chock-a-block with news from a host of unicorns, we’ve all fallen behind. This morning, The Exchange is going into summary mode to help us better understand the full scope of recent unicorn activity. Why unicorns? It would be fun to noodle on early-stage news — Salut raised $1.25 million this week and BuildBuddy picked up $3.15 million — but as we’re in the midst of an IPO cycle and 2021 could have even more public debuts th...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Tech, Venture Capital, M&a, Airbnb, Coinbase, Postmates, Slack, Doordash, Flexe, The Exchange, Bizzabo, Coinbase Tanium Postmates Olive Scale


In first IPO price range, Airbnb’s valuation recovers to pre-pandemic levels

This morning Airbnb released an S-1/A filing that details its initial IPO price range. The home-sharing unicorn intends to price its shares between $44 and $50 per share in its debut. Per the company’s own accounting, it will have 596,399,007 or 601,399,007 shares outstanding, depending on whether its underwriters exercise their option. That gives the company a valuation range of $26.2 billion to $30.1 billion at the extremes. The company’s simple share count does not include a host of other ...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, Airbnb, Cnbc, Silver Lake, Unicorn, The Exchange, Booking Holdings, Kayak Priceline OpenTable


Airbnb and DoorDash plan to target higher valuations for their December IPOs, report says

Tero Vesalainen / Shutterstock Airbnb and DoorDash are expecting higher than estimated valuations in two of the most anticipated market debuts this year, the Wall Street Journal reported.Airbnb plans to target a valuation between $30 billion to $33 billion, above its previous $30 billion estimate.DoorDash is seeking a valuation between $25 billion to $28 billion, up from a previous estimate of $25 billion.It is unclear what Airbnb and DoorDash's per-share price ranges are for their mid-Dec...
Tags: Ipo, US, Trends, Tech, Markets, Airbnb, Goldman, Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, Journal, WSJ, Valuation, Doordash, Initial Public Offerings, Shalini Nagarajan, Ipo Price


SEC Proposes Rules for Giving Gig Workers Equity

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed rule changes that would make it possible for gig companies to give equity to their workers as part of their compensation if they meet certain requirements. From a report: This is something gig companies including Uber and Airbnb have asked the SEC to do over the years as a way to share their companies' upside with these non-employees. Instead, both Uber and Lyft gave certain long-time drivers cash and the ability to purchase IPO shares whe...
Tags: Lyft, Ipo, Tech, SEC, Airbnb, U S Securities and Exchange Commission


Airbnb exec resigned over data sharing with China

An Airbnb executive resigned after only six months on the job after taking issue with the company's data sharing practices in China.
Tags: Google, Facebook, Technology, China, Data, Radio, Airbnb, The Wall Street Journal, Rentals, Brian Chesky, Robert Mueller, Nathan Blecharczyk, News Brief, Airdna, President Donald Trump, Nick Papas


Apple Extends Deadline Requiring Apps Offering Virtual Group Events to Use In-App Purchases

Apple in September tweaked its App Store rules surrounding in-app purchase requirements for realtime experiences, and as a result, apps that offer virtual events for more than a single person must use in-app purchases. Apple was originally requiring apps to comply starting in December 2020, but the deadline has now been pushed out until June 30, 2021.As the world fights COVID-19, we recognize that adapting experiences from in-person to digital continues to be a top priority. Although apps are...
Tags: Apple, Airbnb, App Store, Classpass, App Store Review, App Store Review Guidelines, Apple Developer Program, App Store App Store Review Guidelines Apple


How the pandemic drove the IPO wave we see today

This is The TechCrunch Exchange, a newsletter that goes out on Saturdays, based on the column of the same name. You can sign up for the email here. I had a neat look into the world of mental health startup fundraising planned for this week, but after being slow-motion carpet-bombed by S-1s, that is now shoved off to Monday and we have to pause and talk about COVID-19. The pandemic has been the most animating force for startups and venture capital in 2020, discounting the slow movement of glob...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Ipo, Virginia, United States, Bird, Airbnb, Exchange, Sapphire Ventures, Byron Deeter, Doordash, Bessemer, Klarna, SPAC, Peloton


Affirm, Airbnb, C3.ai, Roblox, Wish file for tech IPO finale of 2020

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. The wait was long but this week the time was right: Airbnb finally filed its S-1 and so did Affirm, C3.ai, Roblox, and Wish. We are likely to see these five price on public markets before the end of an already superlative year for tech IPOs. The ongoing pandemic and political turmoil were not scary enough, apparently. This coming decade, you have to t...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Utah, New York, Obama, White House, Ipo, US, America, San Francisco, Tech, Joe Biden, Italy, Tencent, SEC


Extra Crunch roundup: A fistful of IPOs, Affirm’s Peloton problem, Zoom Apps and more

DoorDash, Affirm, Roblox, Airbnb, C3.ai and Wish all filed to go public in recent days, which means some venture capitalists are having the best week of their lives. Tech companies that go public capture our imagination because they are literal happy endings. An Initial Public Offering is the promised land for startup pilgrims who may wander the desert for years seeking product-market fit. After all, the “I” in “ISO” stands for “incentive.” A flurry of new S-1s in a single week forced me to r...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gaming, Entrepreneurship, China, Ipo, India, San Francisco, Tech, ISO, NewCo, Alibaba, Venture Capital, Airbnb, Autodesk


A16z is now managing $16.5 billion, after announcing two new funds

Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) has closed a pair of funds totaling $4.5 billion, the firm confirmed in a blog post this morning. The firm has raised $1.3 billion for an early-stage fund focused on consumer, enterprise, and fintech; and closed a $3.2 billion growth-stage fund for later-stage investments. The firm did not immediately respond to request for comment. The funds may seem somewhat typical, given the size of new funds that venture firms have been raising in recent years, Still, these are e...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Microsoft, Ipo, San Francisco, Tech, Venture Capital, Fund, Airbnb, Andreessen Horowitz, New York Stock Exchange, Github, Justice Department, Affirm, Early Stage, Anthony Albanese


If you didn’t make $1B this week, you are not doing VC right

The only thing more rare than a unicorn is an exited unicorn. At TechCrunch, we cover a lot of startup financings, but we rarely get the opportunity to cover exits. This week was an exception though, as it was exitpalooza as Affirm, Roblox, Airbnb, and Wish all filed to go public. With DoorDash’s IPO filing last week, this is upwards of $100 billion in potential float heading to the public markets as we make our way to the end of a tumultuous 2020. All those exits raise a simple question – who m...
Tags: Ipo, Singapore, Tech, SEC, Airbnb, Max Levchin, Cto, GIC, Levchin, Tony Xu, Sheng, Joe Gebbia, Peter Szulczewski, Szulczewski, Roblox, Evan Moore


Roblox files to go public

Roblox, the child-friendly gaming company, filed to go public today. Its listing comes one day after the lending company Affirm initiated its own public offering and a mere two days after Airbnb’s filing. Roblox filed confidentially to go public in mid-October, but its numbers were unreleased until today when it published its S-1 document. The company is not the first gaming platform company to go public this year, with gaming engine Unity debuting earlier this year. After its IPO, Unity ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Apps, Tech, SEC, Airbnb, Andreessen Horowitz, New York Stock Exchange, Tiger Global, Initial Public Offering, First Round Capital, Exit, Index Ventures, Unity, GAAP, ALTOS


Tech in the Biden era

President-elect Joe Biden may have spent eight years in an administration that doted on the tech industry, but that long honeymoon, punctuated by four years of Trump, looks to be over. Tech is on notice in 2020. The Russian election interference saga of the 2016 election opened the floodgates for social media’s ills. The subsequent years unleashed dangerous torrents of homegrown extremism and misinformation that either disillusioned or radicalized regular people. A cluster of tech’s biggest d...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Lyft, Mark Zuckerberg, Obama, Congress, California, Ebay, Government, Senate, White House, Elizabeth Warren, Tech


Inside Affirm’s IPO filing: A look at its economics, profits and revenue concentration

Last night Affirm filed to go public, herding yet another unicorn into the end-of-year IPO corral. The consumer installment lending service joins DoorDash and Airbnb in filing recently, as a number of highly valued, venture-backed private companies look to float while the public markets are more interested in growth than profits. TechCrunch took an initial dive into Affirm’s numbers yesterday, so if you need a broad overview, please head here. This morning we’re going deeper into the company’...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Finance, Tech, Airbnb, Max Levchin, Twilio, Affirm, Peloton, The Exchange, Tiktok, COVID


Affirm files to go public

Affirm, a consumer finance business founded by PayPal mafia member Max Levchin, filed to go public this afternoon. The company’s financial results show that Affirm, which doles out personalized loans on an installment basis to consumers at the point of sale, has an enticing combination of rapidly expanding revenues and slimming losses. Growth and a path to profitability has been a winning duo in 2020 as a number of unicorns with similar metrics have seen strong pricing in their debuts, and wi...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Ipo, San Francisco, Tech, Paypal, Airbnb, Public, Max Levchin, S-1, Fintech, Affirm, Peloton, GMV


Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg are caught in the Congressional time warp again — but where's Parler?

Hello, and welcome to this Wednesday's edition of the Insider Tech newsletter, where we break down the biggest news in tech. Did someone forward this newsletter to you? Get Insider Tech straight in your inbox by subscribing here. Soundtrack: for maximum enjoyment of this newsletter, we recommend listening to "Time Warp," from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" while you read. This week: The time warp, featuring Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg ... again Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-May...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Politics, Texas, Congress, White House, Ipo, Softbank, America, Trends, Joe Biden, United States, Connecticut


Tapping into digital nomadism and ‘deep work’ trends, Skimlinks founder raises $1.5M for Flown

We already knew there was a big trend towards remote working, and this has only been drastically accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, the distractions of daily life can easily impinge on the ‘deep work’ many need to get done when working on something important, like writing a book, or launching a company for instance. For many individuals and teams looking to get real, focused work done, the solution is often to book an Airbnb somewhere for several days. At the same time, they...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, Tech, Portugal, Airbnb, Transferwise, Cal Newport, Navarro, Alicia Navarro, Skimlinks, Pete Cashmore Mashable, Greg Marsh, OneFineStay James Meekings Funding Circle, Mr Mrs Smith Ometria Quill McKinsey, Resi Alicia Navarro


Daily Crunch: Reviewing Apple’s new Macs

We review each of Apple’s new M1-powered Macs, Twitter launches its new Stories-like format and Amazon launches a pharmacy service. This is your Daily Crunch for November 17, 2020. The big story: Reviewing Apple’s new Macs We’ve got three big hardware reviews today, each one highlighting a new Mac with Apple’s M1 chipset. First up, there’s the MacBook Air, which Brian Heater says offers strong performance gains and is probably the right Apple Mac for most consumers. Then there’s the new Mac...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Spacex, Hardware, Mac, Ipo, Tech, Earth, Lego, International Space Station, Nintendo, Airbnb, MacBook Air, Matthew Panzarino, Conan O'brien


5 questions from Airbnb’s IPO filing

Airbnb filed to go public yesterday, offering the world a look into its financial performance over the past several years. The company’s S-1 detailed an expanding travel giant with billions in annual revenue that was severely disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. But past our overview of Airbnb’s core financial results and our look into which investors will make the most from its public debut, there are still questions that need answering. The Exchange explores startups, markets and money. Rea...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Real Estate, Ipo, Tech, Airbnb, Exchange, The Exchange, PROPtech


Airbnb reveals financials — A top Goldman dealmaker is leaving — Data-sharing deal

Filip Radwanski/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images The long-awaited Airbnb S-1 finally dropped last night. Here's a roundup of what you need to know:Airbnb said in its IPO filing that its search results have been hurt by Google launching its own travel-comparison toolsAirbnb's three founders have put two unusual twists on their efforts to retain control after their company goes publicAirbnb just revealed it's under examination by the IRS, which is proposing the home-sharing giant pay...
Tags: Google, Trends, Michael Dell, Fidelity, Airbnb, Goldman Sachs, Michelin, Goldman, Irs, Bessemer Venture Partners, Wells Fargo, Gregg Lemkau, Esposito, Yodlee, Georgian Partners, Lemkau


Airbnb has navigated the pandemic better than its rivals — but the company's uncertain future depends heavily on forces beyond its control

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Airbnb made its IPO filing available to the public on Monday, revealing exactly how the pandemic has devastated its business. The company reported nearly $700 million in losses in the first nine months of 2020, more than double its losses for the same period in 2019. While Airbnb made some key strategic decisions that helped it fare better than competitors, it also disclosed a long list of risk factors that could impair its recovery — and possibly its path to ...
Tags: Google, US, Trends, Eu, Beijing, Hilton, Marriott, Airbnb, Irs, Expedia, Brian Chesky, Business Insider, Chesky, Google Airbnb, Skift, Uber Amazon


Equity Shot: Airbnb’s IPO is finally here

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. Today we have an Equity Shot for you about Airbnb’s S-1 filing, as it looks to go public before the year is out. First we get into Airbnb’s macro performance, which shows a stable-picture historical revenue growth. There are a ton of numbers to get to so get ready for a quick dive into net revenue, gross margins and losses. Then we discuss the dramatic drop in b...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Podcasts, Tech, Airbnb, Exit, Danny Crichton, Moderna, Equity podcast, Equity Shot


The VC and founder winners in Airbnb’s IPO

After a tumultuous year for the travel industry, Airbnb’s long-awaited IPO filing just dropped. One thing is clear: there is still plenty of juice left in the home-sharing platform, and a smattering of VCs and the company’s founders are positioned to receive some serious returns. My colleague Alex Wilhelm has an overview article on Airbnb’s financial picture and overall metrics. It’s a mixed bag, but perhaps stronger than might otherwise be expected, given the global collapse of tourism due t...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, TC, Finance, Tech, Tourism, Sharing Economy, Airbnb, Travel Industry, Alex Wilhelm, Chesky, Joe Gebbia, Brian Chesky Nathan Blecharczyk


Airbnb files to go public

Airbnb filed to go public today, bringing the well-known unicorn one step closer to being a public company. The financial results show a company on the rebound, but smaller than it was. Its more granular financial results also make clear how hard the pandemic was on the travel-reliant unicorn. Regarding Airbnb’s worth, investors will have to balance how they value recovery and recent profits over the company’s disrupted historical growth arc. How did we get here? The home-sharing startup ha...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, Airbnb, Doordash, EBITDA, GAAP, Costanoa Ventures, C3.AI, Amy Cheetham


Equity Monday: C3.AI files to go public and Vision Fund 2 leads $100M round

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is Equity Monday, our weekly kickoff that tracks the latest big news, chats about the coming week, digs into some recent funding rounds and mulls over a larger theme or narrative from the private markets. You can follow the show on Twitter here and myself here — and don’t forget to check out last Friday’s episode that we wound up titling “Th O’s r ptinal, th...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Spacex, Tech, Airbnb, Equity, Equity podcast, Vision Fund, Chris Gates


As COVID surges, what can data tell us about Airbnb’s recovery?

This is The TechCrunch Exchange, a newsletter that goes out on Saturdays, based on the column of the same name. You can sign up for the email here. DoorDash filed to go public on Friday, meaning we’ll have at least one more unicorn IPO before 2020 comes to a close. For a high-level look at its numbers, I wrote this, Danny covered who will profit from the deal, and I noodled on the impact of COVID-19 on its business. I bring all that up because there is another COVID-19 impacted unicorn that we a...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, US, Tech, Paypal, United States, Cambridge, Airbnb, Anderson, Udemy, U K, GAAP, Danny, Mark Anderson, ARR


If You Can't Beat Them, Make Some Shit Up About Them and Hope It Goes Viral

Your feeds are not currently full of news about the ongoing civil war between the Real American Front and the Alliance to Restore Democracy. In fact, there’s barely any Second American Civil War going on at all, which is to say that things could theoretically be going a lot worse after November 3 than your relatives,…Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Elections, Science, Technology, Pinterest, Instagram, Youtube, Linkedin, Joe Biden, Airbnb, Election, Donald Trump, Hoaxes


10 things in tech you need to know today

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks to the media after receiving a briefing from the transition COVID-19 advisory board on November 09, 2020 at the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware. Mr. Biden spoke about how his administration would respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning.Have an Amazon Alexa device? Listen to this update by searching "Bu...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, China, Softbank, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Canada, Alibaba, Airbnb, Republican, Biden, Nordic, Trump, Wilmington Delaware


Here's All the Big Tech-Linked Advisors on Biden's Transition Team

On Tuesday, President-elect Joe Biden announced his administration’s transition team, including the list of agency review team members that will help his White House “hit the ground running on Day One.” It also, by all indications, includes a deeper bench of big tech figures than any transition team prior.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Lyft, Uber, Politics, Science, Technology, Government, White House, Linkedin, Tech, Joe Biden, Dropbox, Airbnb, Dell, Salesforce, Biden



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